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Candy Cane Butter Cookies Recipe

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Candy Cane Butter Cookies Recipe

Candy Cane Butter Cookies Recipe

Kid #1 browsed through cookie recipes in an old cookbook I have and found this recipe for Candy Cane shaped Butter Cookies. He really wanted to make these cookies.

So, we made them. Or, rather, he made them. He shaped each and every one of these buttery cookies. They are good!

In fact, they are so good that these Candy Cane Butter Cookies are on my Christmas Cookie List again! Just be very careful not to over-mix the dough and to work on one cookie at a time or they can be rather crumbly.

Candy Cane Butter Cookies Recipe

Print Candy Cane Butter Cookies Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 9 minutes

Total Time: 39 minutes

Yield: 4 Dozen Candy Cane Shaped Cookies

From Betty Crocker's Cooky Cookbook 1963 by General Mills, Inc.


  • 1 Cup Shortening (Half Butter or Margarine)
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Food Coloring
  • 1/2 Cup Crushed Peppermint Candy
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar


  1. 375* oven.
  2. Mix Shortening, Sugar, Egg, and Extracts.
  3. Mix Flour and Salt and stir into Shortening Mixture.
  4. Divide Dough in half. Blend coloring into one half.
  5. Roll a 4" strip (using 1 teaspoon dough) from each color.
  6. Set strips side by side, press lightly together, and wrap around each other like a snake.
  7. Make one cookie at a time or the dough will become too dry. Lesson learned.
  8. Curve top to mimic candy cane shape.
  9. Bake 9 minutes or until very lightly browned. While warm, remove from baking sheet and sprinkle with mixture of candy and sugar. (we skipped this step)
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